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Want to study History?

Why study History? 

As an undergraduate student at Cambridge, you will be taught by members of one of the largest and most diverse History faculties in the world.

Many have won prestigious prizes for their work, and the Faculty's research and teaching has been consistently recognised as amongst the best. Cambridge History came top in the Guardian's University league tables for 2018, and we have been recognised as one of the top three History departments in the world in the QS University World Rankings.

If you are a school or college student thinking of studying History at university, these pages will provide you with: 

  • Information and interactive exercises relating both to areas of history that are commonly studied by UK students in Years 12 and 13 and to other areas less often studied at school;
  • An overview of the undergraduate History courses at Cambridge University and advice on applying to study with us.

History is one of the most popular degree subjects in the UK and with good reason. Students find studying it enormously interesting and intellectually rewarding, and the skills it helps to foster are greatly sought after by top employers in many fields.

There are three ways to study History at Cambridge: as a single Honours subject, or jointly with either Politics or Modern Languages.

History Tripos

Cambridge has one of the largest and best history departments in the world, and the course we offer reflects this quality and breadth of interest. We can offer you a huge range of options that span three millennia and circle the globe. Our course also reflects the rich diversity of modern historical writing, with cultural, social and intellectual history figuring as prominently as political or economic history, and with global history sitting alongside British and European history. In fact, you will have the opportunity to investigate practically any period or aspect of history that interests you.

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History and Modern  Languages

History and Modern Languages

The History and Modern Languages course provides insight into the cultures of other countries, and understanding of the past and present in international contexts. 





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History and Politics

History and Politics

Cambridge is uniquely placed to teach History and Politics and International Relations together. Staff in the Faculty of History and the Department of Politics and International Studies have a wide range of shared interests in political and international history, the origins of contemporary politics and international relations, and the history of political thought. This new degree balances a strong grounding in the two component subjects with the chance to explore the ways in which historical and political understanding together illuminate the modern world.

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For Teachers

We very much hope that you and your students will find the information and material on these pages useful. We have thought hard and consulted widely about what is included in this website. If you have suggestions as to how we might develop the site, please e-mail

We would be delighted to hear from you, and to see you and your students here on University Open Days, as well as at our other Outreach and Liaisons events. For more information on these, please visit the Cambridge Admissions Office events page.

You are crucial to training the next generation of historians, and we are extremely keen to foster extensive dialogue between teachers in the secondary and tertiary sectors.

The History Faculty has over 100 academics who publish world-class research. Many have won prestigious prizes for their work.

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The Library Facilities available to Cambridge History students are second to none. Central to them is the Seeley Historical Library, one of the largest undergraduate history libraries in the world containing over 90,000 volumes.

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